In the South during the Civil Rights Movement, bus systems for blacks were unjust. Black people would have to go to the front of the bus, pay their fee, get off the bus, walk to the back, and get on through the back door. Many times, the driver would take their money and leave without the person on the bus. Local conflicts and pent up anger sparked a change. One Monday, a group of blacks decided to boycott the bus system. They spread the word throughout the city. On that day, there were only 8 black passengers the whole day in the bus system. At a meeting later that night, the black people of Montgomery decided to keep this boycott going and see where it could take them.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. speaking on the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a key figure in the civil rights movement. King was a reverend at a Montgomery church, and spoke against racial discrimination. He led many groups and speeches against black oppression, and helped progress black people throughout the country.
Langston Hughes poem, Dream Deferred, analyzes the idea that a dream is not accomplished without taking action.
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